California Voters’ Reaction to Proposed Cuts in the State Medi-Cal Budget

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According to a 2002 poll conducted by The Field Institute, if it came down to a choice of increasing taxes to avoid making major cutbacks in medical care services to low-income and disabled Californians, voters would favor a number of possible tax increase alternatives. The survey was conducted by telephone among 1,052 registered voters in English and Spanish.

When asked which state spending areas they would favor or oppose trimming to reduce the state’s budget deficit, 78% of voters opposed cutting spending for public schools and 76% opposed cuts to health care programs for low-income and disabled Californians. Survey results also indicate that a large majority of voters were supportive of providing basic medical and dental coverage to low-income and disabled adults as well as offering these same services to children of low-income families.

Both a graphic summary and the complete survey questionnaire and results are available under Document Downloads. A related document includes relevant information on the California Medi-Cal program.